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NZ weather summary August 1968
« on: August 11, 2018, 06:20:07 PM »
August 1968: It was a mild month, especially in the South Island. Conditions were mainly very favourable for lambing; otherwise farming conditions were rather variable.

Rainfall: In the North Island rainfall was above average, mainly by 50%, in districts as far south as Kawhia, Ruapehu and Waipukurau. In the South Island it was above average by a similar amount in western districts and in Nelson; also in most of South Canterbury, North and Central Otago. Elsewhere rainfall was below normal, mainly by 40%. A considerable part of North Canterbury received less than 1/4 of the average value, with totals between 0.5” and 1”.  Some very heavy rain fell in South Westland during 10-12 August. Stations at Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier each received over 14” during these 3 days.   

Temperatures: Temperatures were 1F-3F above average over most of the South Island (*), highest departures being in inland districts. They were also 1F-2F warmer than usual in some western and inland districts of the North Island. Elsewhere they were slightly above average. The coldest period was from the 14th-20th, with southerly to easterly winds over the North Island. [(*) However at Tara Hills, Omarama, the monthly mean was down 1.4F, the result of the July snow cover being slow to melt].

Sunshine: Sunshine was mainly close to average. However, western districts of the North Island from Waitomo to Manawatu and parts of Otago were favoured with 15-35 hours more than usual. In parts of Southland, sunshine was 15-20 hours below average.

[Some totals:  Kaitaia 164, Kerikeri 144, Whangarei 134, Auckland 147, Tauranga 161, Whakatane 175, Taupo 142, Opotiki 164, Hamilton 128, New Plymouth 174, Masterton 146, Gisborne 158, Napier 170, Wairoa 151, Paraparaumu 163, Ohakea 166, Palmerston North 146, Levin 145, Wellington 145, Stratford 146, Ohakune 134, Wanganui 168, Westport 134, Hokitika 128, Greymouth 112, Haast 109, Riwaka 180, Nelson 162, Blenheim 172, Grassmere 153, Kaikoura 154, Mt Cook 102, Mt John 167, Methven 161, Christchurch 157, Tekapo 154, Timaru 135, Waimate 149, Omarama 139, Dunedin Aero 145, Dunedin 153, Oamaru 149, Queenstown 110, Alexandra 132, Invercargill 103, Campbell Is 29, Chatham Is 146 {highest}.]


Sources: NZ Met. Misc. pub. 107 (Climatological table, NZ Gazette) and NZ Met. Misc. pub. 109 (Meteorological Observations) - additional comments by the poster.



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Re: NZ weather summary August 1968
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2018, 06:21:05 PM »
First month back in NZ after being away for a year or so - didn't feel as cold as I expected.


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